Scoliosis Treatments for Children Helena MT

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Pincomb Gwendolyn MD
(406) 457-4280
2525 East Broadway Street Suite 202A
Helena, MT
 
Big Sky Hearing & Balance Center
(406) 457-4160
2525 East Broadway Street
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Palcisko Michael MD
(406) 449-5563
1122 North Montana Avenue
Helena, MT
 
Blayne Lynden Fritz, MD
(406) 449-5563
1122 N Montana Ave
Helena, MT
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Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1992

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Jean-Pierre Pujol, MD
(406) 443-5354
33 Neill Ave Ste 208
Helena, MT
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Medical School: Univ Of Ky Coll Of Med, Lexington Ky 40536
Graduation Year: 1979

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Anderson Charles MD
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Helena, MT
 
Michelle Lee Danielson, MD
(406) 449-7898
2025 Stuart St
Helena, MT
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Pediatrics
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Medical School: Univ Of Nv Sch Of Med, Reno Nv 89557
Graduation Year: 2002

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Helena, MT
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Teresa Augustine, MD
(406) 442-2547
724 Harrison Ave
Helena, MT
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Graduation Year: 1991

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John A Reynolds
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Helena, MT
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Managing Scoliosis in Young Children

Scoliosis or curvature of the spine can affect young children under the age of five. In this article doctors from the Naval Medical Center in San Diego review what causes this condition and how to treat it. Newer surgical methods of treatment are highlighted. Details of the exam are also included.

Although some cases of early onset scoliosis occur for no apparent reason, most are caused by some other problem. This could be deformity of the vertebra, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, or some other neurologic condition.

MRIs should be done with all young patients whose curves measure 20 degrees or more. The authors suggest this because many of the young children with scoliosis also have hidden spinal cord or brain abnormalities.

Treatment depends on the size of the curve. Curves less than 20 degrees are followed with X-rays every four to six months. If the curve stabilizes, then an exam every one to two years is enough. For curves greater than 20 degrees casting, bracing, or both is advised for at least two years.

If a curve continues to get worse, then surgery to fuse the spine may be needed. The spine does stop growing when fused so this is not the best solution. Another option is the use of "growing rods." Rods are placed on both sides of the spine. The rods are lengthened every six months as the child grows. fusion can be delayed until much later.

What's ahead in the treatment of this problem? The authors say the search is on for better ways to correct...

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